So now what? I’ve been thinking about making new things when I should be working on finishing the things I started. I’ll get to it, but in the meantime, my brain is hurting trying to come up with something clever-ish.
I want to make some affordable things and have been racking my brain on what I can do. A lot of people seem to like my Thomas Bros map pages. I have sold a lot of them and have done a few commissions as well.
My pattern pieces have also been popular. Those are also more affordable. I have done a small commission with one of those too.
What I’d really like to do is something that’s even more affordable and will capture my love of Joshua Tree, CA.
I recently made an online purchase. It’s a small used paperback about hummingbirds without many illustrations. It was a rare find, believe it or not. I’m hoping to draw and/or paint Joshua trees on top of the pages. Maybe I’m picturing something cooler than what I can pull off, and I know it’s not an original idea, but I want to see what happens.
There are so many hummingbirds out here, tons of species of birds. Two main species of hummers here are Anna’s Hummingbird. They nest in Joshua Tree. The other is the Broad-tailed Hummingbird that is a vagrant. Both come to the feeder on our porch every day. There’s another that’s a bit rare called Costa’s Hummingbird which I don’t think I’ve seen yet. They are a little more stout and have fury-looking heads.
Once the book arrives, I’m hoping it will include a lot of text information about the birds that visit here. I can draw a hummingbird on top of the page, but I think a Joshua tree would tie it together better to make it more like an ode to the area. Plus, I love making Joshua Trees.
Maybe I can put them up on Etsy or Instagram, or something. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not. Each will be original, yet the same, so I wouldn’t charge all that much. I’ll have to see how long they take me.
I’ve also put a 25% discount on pretty much everything I have available right now. Please take a looky if you’re reading this.